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News: May 2009

Metal pumps liquid uphill

Laser-treated metal could aid medics

Cosmic rays offer clue to lightning

Tracking cosmic rays in a thunderstorm may explain how lightning occurs, say physicists

Quantum physicist scoops top French award

Serge Haroche receives gold medal from French national research council

Laser boosts light bulb efficiency

We can make incandescent bulbs 100% efficient, say researchers

Ultra cold atoms help share quantum information

New technique could be used to transmit quantum data along optical fibres

Sweden wins race to host next-generation neutron source

The €1.48bn European Spallation Source to be built in Lund

New method to seek life-supporting exoplanets

Study using Deep Impact probe links shifting colours to water

Particle physics – it matters, say UK policy makers

Report details the economic and social benefits of particle physics

Obama nominates new NASA boss

Former astronaut Charles Bolden picked for role of administrator

Modellers predict doubly bad global warming

Business-as-usual will cause temperature rise of 5.2° by 2100, warn MIT scientists

MRI guides radiotherapy beam

High-quality imaging performed during photon irradiation

Mountains on neutron stars could boost gravitational wave detection

'Starquake' simulations reveal immense strength of a neutron star’s crust

Data storage enters the 'fifth dimension'

Optical data storage over one terabit per cubic centimetre possible, say researchers

Austria performs U-turn over CERN pull-out

Chancellor overrules science minister to stay in CERN

Chip targets cold atoms

New trapping method could lead to single-atom sources

'Knowledge engine' hits the Web

Wolfram Alpha helps you stop electrons, but comes up short on quantum physics

Do satellite galaxies point to modified gravity?

Dwarfs don't seem to contain dark matter

Bright white light from organic LEDs

Physicists switch on energy efficient light bulb made from organic phosphor

Antarctic input to rising oceans 'overestimated'

Study halves previous estimates of western Antarctic ice sheet’s contribution to sea-level rise

Europe launches cosmic explorers

Herschel and Planck satellites to investigate the early universe

Mott insulator stores light

Pulse stored for a quarter of a second in atomic gas

Astronauts set to upgrade Hubble

New instruments will study universe 500 million years after the Big Bang

Nano-lamp illuminates quantum-classical boundary

Filament is just 100 atoms wide

Austrian physicists protest at CERN pull-out

Online petition started as up to 170 particle physicists could be affected

Large graphene samples could boost carbon electronics

New growth technique uses copper

Nano-box breaks size records

DNA origami makes smallest box – and largest self-assembled structure

Worldwide quantum security

Physicists demonstrate feasibility of satellite-based quantum cryptography

Kondo effect spotted in tiny magnetic wires

Magnetism disappears in atomic-scale contacts

Water dance enhances microbial reproduction

Common algae use fluid dynamics to improve effectiveness of mating

‘Chorus’ generates mystery space hiss

Physicists trace the origin of protective radio waves

UK research council backtracks on funding ban

New rules will limit, not exclude, future applicants

Rolled-up metamaterial could act as hyperlens

Swiss-roll-like structure could boost resolution of optical microscopes